“An Enchanted Forest” - Irish Design Showcase with focus on Sustainable Fashion

“An Enchanted Forest” - a fashion evening featuring top designers & boutiques showcasing Summer Collections, with a dedicated presentation on sustainable fashion, will be held on Midsummer’s night , Thursday 21st of June, in the spectacular setting of Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, County Kerry.


The evening will feature collections from Helen Steele, Alison Conneely,  Sarah Murphy, Alice Halliday, Carol Kennelly, Tina Griffin, Hazel Comyn, Aoife Hannon, Delphine Grandjouan, House of Kerry (silk scarves). Special guest on the night is international Womenswear Designer Colin Horgan, who is from Ardfert in Kerry and now based in London. Colin Horgan has dressed Lady GaGa and Dua Lipa and is widely considered one of fashion's brightest young talents on the world stage.

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Kerry Wedding Show - Summer Expo

I, along with stellar team at Upfront Model Management, are delighted to be producing the two bridal fashion shows at the forthcoming Kerry Wedding Show Summer Expo on Sunday 20th of May in the INEC Killarney, Co. Kerry. This will be the wedding event of the Summer so put the date into your diary now !  

The Kerry Wedding Show Summer Expo is organised by Radio Kerry and will feature top exhibitors offering everything the couple to be and their families need to organise the perfect wedding. For more information on participating in the fashion show contact me directly and for information on taking a stand at the Kerry Wedding Show Summer Expo contact Melanie O’Sullivan at Radio Kerry on 066 7191207.

See you on the 20th of May for the Wedding Event of the Summer

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Put a SPRING into your step . . .

Last week on RTE Today I showed 6 new SPRING / SUMMER looks from Ara Shoes including the much talked about Ara Fusion 4 trainers. All of the looks were styled with separates and occasion wear from Hannons of Castleisland (who are celebrating 80 years in business this Summer!). 

This is the 3rd time I have showcased Ara shoes on RTE Today and we always get a wonderful response, particularly from those who need comfortable shoes for work and leisure (and going out!) and also those with foot problems - or outsized feet! Some of the Ara Styles are available up to size 9 and all come in wide fittings. 

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Styling cover shoot with RSVP

What a wonderful day I had styling the cover shoot for RSVP Magazine April with the winner of Dancing with the Stars Aidan O Mahony, his gorgeous wife Denise and their adorable daughter Lucia in the magnificent surroundings of the Muckross Park Hotel

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Personal Style. What is it and how to get it!



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The 'key' to a perfect wardrobe

Hands up  . . . if you have a special event coming up and you literally only shop with this in mind. Perhaps even panic buying your outfit - and then only wearing it ONCE !

Save yourself time and money (and a lot of stress) and build a wardrobe of basic essentials and statement key pieces that you can easily mix and match and re-style for every occasion.

Read on for more . . .

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... then we take Berlin

"They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
For trying to change the system from within
I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin"

Leonard Cohen

I have wanted to go to Berlin since I was a child. I am not sure if it was my dad's vast knowledge of German history or the allure of Marlene Dietrich - but I always felt I just needed see Berlin. If you are planning a trip you might find this blogpost helpful. 

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Dingle based luxury leather goods company Holden win top Design Ireland Award at Showcase

Dingle based luxury leather goods and accessories company, Holden Leathergoods, are this year’s winner of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Design Ireland Award at Showcase – Ireland’s International Creative Expo held in the RDS, Dublin. Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Karen Hennessy, presented Conor Holden of Holden Leathergoods with the award for their new Holden Travel Bag. Conor and his team were also congratulated by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD. To view Holden’s collection visit www.holdenleathergoods.com

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Wedding Style Inspiration & Advice on RTE Today

Are you looking for some style inspiration on what to wear to a special family wedding? Maybe you are Mother of the Bride or Groom and want to look elegant but also appropriate on the day. 

Family weddings are a wonderful occasion - but they can also be very stressful ... on my first show back for 2018 on RTE Today, I showed 6 head to toe looks - for weddings at home and abroad - for ladies of all shapes and sizes - all from top Kerry boutiques and milliners.  

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RTE Today

Season 6 of RTE Today premiered in September - and due to it's enormous popularity - the show is now an hour longer - starting at the earlier time of 3.30pm every weekday afternoon.

I present a weekly fashion feature showcasing top Irish retailers, boutiques and designers. I always receive such wonderful feedback from the show - so thank you for all the support. 

If you would like more information on being featured on my fashion features on RTE Today, please contact me directly (details on my contact page) or PM @orladiffily 

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Orla Diffily
#lovecastleisland Christmas Collections Show

The #lovecastleisland Christmas Collections Show held in the magnificent setting of the historic Ivy Lane Theatre in Castleisland, County Kerry was a huge success. Mc'ed by blogger and fashionista, Orlagh Winters, the event was completely sold out as style lovers gathered to exclusively preview what was on trend for all ages and sizes for the season from the town’s top boutiques. We were delighted to produce  this event with models from our Agency.

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HydraFacial MD - does it live up to the HYPE ?

I had read a lot about the HydraFacial MD -  . . . 

Loved by celebrities (including some well known Irish names) it claims to deliver instant and long-lasting results that you can see (and feel) including improved hydration, minimise dark spots and dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles! But very honestly I assumed this hype was just ’paid for’ endorsements by social influencers - who then simply copied and pasted the blurb (as printed above) from the website. So I was excited to finally experience the HydraFacial MD myself in The Sanctuary Spa & The Glam Pod, Tralee, Co.Kerry. 

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Sustainable fashion event attracts huge interest on final day of Listowel Harvest Racing Festival 

Lisa Carmody and James O’Gorman were announced as the overall winners of the Listowel Tidy Town / An Taisce Best Presentation of an Up cycled/Restyled or Authentic Vintage Outfit at Listowel Races on Saturday 16th of September. Judged by vintage fashion lover, blogger and model Pat Walker and Susan Vickers from An Taisce, there was enormous interest and record entries into this innovative competition that highlights the potential of Waste Minimisation in the imaginative reuse of items we may have previously just discarded. 

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Jill Duggan from Killarney wins a Honda Jazz for a Year Plus €3,000 

Jill Duggan, from Killarney, was declared the overall winner of the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day, at the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival (Friday 15th of September), scooping the first prize of a stylish Honda Jazz for a year plus a cheque for €3,000. Jill wore a Heidi Higgins turquoise dress, with a headpiece from MacBees Killarney. First runner up was Joann Murphy from Kilgarvan in a stylish two piece by Tina Griffin with matching Carol Kennelly headpiece, and received a cheque for €1,000. 2nd runner up was Mary Kelliher from Killorglin, who wore a fitted red dress from MacBees in Killarney and a headpiece by Carol Kennelly and received a cheque for €500. Judges were Ireland’s top TV personalities Daithi O’Se and Maura Derrane assisted by Kerry footballer and McElligott’s ambassador Dave Moran. Huge crowds enjoyed the warm September sunshine atthe penultimate day of the harvest festival at Listowel Races.

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Serious Racing, Serious Fun and Sensational Style at the 159th Listowel Harvest Racing Festival

Fashionable racers of all ages can look forward to three days of Best Dressed competitions, including dedicated categories for gentlemen, ladies, younger racers, vintage lovers, couples and the most Stylish Selfie! The fashion highlight of the week is the McElligott’s Honda Ladies Day on Friday 15th of September judged by top TV Presenters Maura Derrane and Daithi O Se. The overall McElligotts Honda Best Dressed Lady will win a Honda Jazz for a year and €3,000 in cash, with further cash prizes of €3,000 to be won on the day. The popular Best Dressed Man Competition, sponsored by Emerald Properties, Construction & Property Rentals, Listowel, is on Thursday 14th and will be judged by the Crimmin Triplets. The Listowel Tidy Town / An Taisce The Best Presentation of an Up cycled/Restyled or Authentic Vintage Outfit is on the closing date of the festival, Saturday 16th of September. As always, in addition to top quality National Hunt and Flat racing, the Listowel Racing Committee have organised an extensive range of free entertainment, including the Kerry Group family Day; daily race card draws with cash prizes, promotions, music and more.

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Orla Diffily
Holden launch new season colours and designs at Summer Evening Party in Dingle

Holden Leathergoods exclusively launched new season designs and colours at their Summer Party,  in association with Dingle Distillery, in their shop on Holyground, Dingle on Friday night (28th of July).

Guests enjoyed complimentary Dingle Gin & Vodka served with delicious canapés and Dingle sushi - as they exclusively previewed the new Holden creations, including a limited collection of totes, bags and clutches in this season’s colour Powder Blue. The already iconic Holden Backpack was also revealed in two new colours, Powder Blue and Raspberry Pink.

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